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News - October 2006

Scarborough is to have its own fully-fledged literature festival, organised by staff at the Central Library. The festival, called The Long Weekend, will run from 20 to 22 April 2007.

While the programme is still being confirmed, several celebrated authors have been booked, including best-selling crime writers Val McDermid and Stella Duffy, and memoirist Horatio Clare. Organiser Sandra Turner told High Tide,‘We are all very excited about the prospect of a genuine literature festival in Scarborough. We have spent the past year visiting festivals around the country to see what works, and what doesn’t. We aim to put on a festival of the highest quality, and with a distinctive Scarborough flavour.’

The Film Society kicks off its October list with Hidden (Caché), which got a five-star accolade from The Guardian. The plot concerns the seemingly perfect family life of a media couple that is disrupted by the mysterious delivery of videotapes indicating that someone is watching their house.But who is doing the watching, and why? This smart thriller touches on guilt, racism and French history. Hidden shows at the Library on Friday 6 October.

Among the attractions at this year’s Musicport world music festival is Cuban band Vocal Sampling. The musicians use the human voice to "sample" the sounds of trombones, saxophones, trumpets and the complexity of a full Latin percussion section. Also featured is an extraordinary line-up of Buena Vista Social Club stalwarts, together with an 11 piece band direct from Havana; plus the mighty Trojan Sound System and Apache Indian & The Reggae Revolution.

News - September 2006

Photographer Mark Denton's stunning Yorkshire coast landscapes are collected in his new book, launched on 27 September. Mark specialises in panoramic shots with vivid colours that bring out the sumptuous natural landscape and give a new angle on familiar places. Available in bookshops, price £14.99

Veteran keyboardsman Georgie Fame gave this year's Scarborough Jazz Festival a stylish sign-off. The three days featuring everything from bebop and swing to avant garde culminated in Georgie's barnstorming set. Will he come back next year? We say yeah, yeah!

Painter and longtime Scarborian David Fulford, who now lives in Cumbria, has a show at Kendal's Brewery Arts Centre. His dramatic oil paintings draw on wild places from northern England to Iceland and Nepal. "Edge" runs until 15 October.

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